Monday, 29 June 2015

the view thru my 50mm fixed lens

 Hello there and a happy Monday to you!  Just sharing a few pictures from around my home - it's been a whole month since my last post for this segment ............. life is busy ☺  It's important to have a good balance and allow for some quiet, 'slow' time.  That's why I love doing this!!  Capturing little bits thru the lens ☺


 I love sage - I think of potato and leek soup ................ I've just recently planted this batch.

 I have a love for succulents ............... we have quite a collection going in our garden - some also from my boys that we've collected.  Quite often we get them from markets as tiny small plants.
 The days are cool, so there's plenty of time spent indoors where it's nice and warm.  My little one loves to keep busy ........................
 I've been teaching him how to crochet ................ he's actually a very good student and picking it up very quickly.  This will keep those little hands busy.

Another month will soon be upon us ................. July is school holiday time which we are all looking forward to.  I'm sure I'll be capturing lots during that time.
Til next time, thanks for coming by ♥

Saturday, 20 June 2015

crochet rag basket

 Hello there, hope you are having a lovely weekend.  
This past week, I took a drive and found a cute little crafty fabric/yarn store - I purchased some t-shirt yarn - they had 800 gr balls and I found one in this gorgeous yellow. 
I also snapped this cute pic of my youngest in front of the store!!


I love making the rag baskets - this yarn is perfect for that kind of project.  I found a pattern in my newest crochet book - Modern Crochet




 I decided on a medium sized basket, one that could hold a few things at least.

 The patterns in this book are just beautiful == very clear, easy to follow and lots of photographs for those who like visual instructions ☺
 I like how this pattern finishes off with a row of slip stitch - it creates a nice little finishing edge.
As you can see, I've filled this basket up with yarn balls === for photographic purposes ☺  I'm planning to give this one away.

Thanks for popping in ♥

Thursday, 18 June 2015

scrap the boys - june challenge

 Hello to you all - my first post for June.  I've been away on a little 'sunny holiday' break and it was just lovely.
This picture pretty much sums it up - beautiful Bali.   It was very relaxing, soaking up the warm sunshine.


Today, I'm sharing my take on the challenge at Scrap the Boys.  This month is a sketch challenge:

 Here's what I've come up with:
 I've used some pattern paper by Pink Fresh as my background.  I've used just two photo's for this page - I've added in lots of little embellishments that I've made with die-cuts == hearts, clouds and labels.  I love using my Big Shot!!
Here are a few close-up's:

You can check out more inspiration on the blog!!  Don't forget to link up your entry - there are two very generous prizes to be won.
Thanks for coming by ♥

Saturday, 30 May 2015

the view thru my 50mm fixed lens

 Hello, hope you are having a lovely weekend.  Winter is just around the corner; I thought I'd share some last Autumn pictures before we change to another season.
My zygocactus is flowering wonderfully!  It's my favourite plant at this time of year - the flowers are just stunning and so perfectly formed.  They don't flower for very long, but I get to see these out my kitchen window everyday, so I'm making the most of this delight!




 A few weeks ago, I planted some garlic bulbs.  They have sprouted nicely, so I hope they continue growing well.  They are loving this Autumn sunshine.


 The cool mornings and nights have definitely set in - this is our backyard with some 'fresh' wood, ready to be cut for our fire. 

Cool mornings and nights but beautiful blue skies during the day - it's beautiful.  Autumn is a lovely season ♥

Friday, 29 May 2015

arm knitting

 Hello and happy Friday - it's the start of a long weekend here and it's a nice feeling to have some relaxing days ahead of us!
Have you ever done arm knitting ........... I've had it book-marked for sometime now ........ call it procrastination!!  I finally gave it a go last night.
I had purchased two balls of this lovely Monkey yarn by Moda Vera from Spotlight - it's so soft but also nice and thick, perfect for this kind of project.

 There's lots of tutorials online for arm knitting - just google - I used this one HERE.

 I did approx 15 stitches across and the same in rows.  It's a single round, circular scarf.

 I just love the look of the big, chunky knit!
 The scarf sits very nicely around my neck and doesn't feel too heavy!
Now that I've managed to work out this arm knitting thing, I can't wait to make some more ..... another trip to Spotlight for more yarn!

Thanks for coming by ♥

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

awesome fun - the scrapbook store sketch challenge

 Hey there, hope your week is going well.  The month is closing in and I'm still wanting to get a few challenges in ...................
I love the sketch from The Scrapbook Store for the month of May -
 I used some photo's from a recent camping trip - this sketch allowed me to include a number of photo's - it really tells the story.

 I've used Kraft cardstock as my base and used the Simple Stories - Sn@p pack in Kraft.  These are fun little Project Life kits!  I've also used some wood veneers.
Here are some close-up's:
 I haven't used much card stock, so in the background I've used a doily stencil and ink spray by Dylusions.  I've used a marker pen to colour in the wood veneers.
The word 'awesome' comes in the little pack and I've added in the white letters from my stash.  I love how white really 'pops' out from the Kraft card stock.

I've been scrapping quite a few photo's from this camping trip, so I've decided to do a separate album - including some traditional scrapbooking and some Project Life as well.

Thanks for coming by ♥

Friday, 22 May 2015

weekend adventure - Kraft + challenge

 Hey there!!
I've been sorting thru my craft room this week, decluttering and getting rid of things that have been sitting around for ages ..............  It felt good.  While doing so, I did come across lovely supplies that I thought I should use ☺
So I joined in with the Kraft + May challenge - here is the mood board - very earthy and Autumn 'like':





















Here's my take on the challenge:

The challenge requires that you use Kraft card-stock as your base - so this is one of the items I found in my stash - I was happy to find a few more pieces too ☺
I gathered papers and embellishments that suited the mood board, inspired by:  wood, colours, leaves, flowers, twine and layers of paper (books)
Here are a few close-up's:

I love to add embellishments and frames over my photo's, just to really accent the subject - this one being my cute little boy in the forest.

The white sticker letters are from Bella Blvd - just love that font - was happy to find that hidden away in my stash too.

I'm off to link this one up at Kraft +
Have a wonderful weekend ♥